How to Choose the Right Gear
Rock Climbing Shoes02-Oct-2016
Climbing is a purist’s pursuit. Just you and the wall. Mostly. To help us get up the climb we do need shoes and, arguably, chalk. Oh, and to protect ourselves from an unforgiving impact, we use ropes, protection, carabiners, harnesses, belay devices, and a litany of gizmos....02-Oct-2016
Climbing ropes are not the ones you see spelunkers using to zip down into those dark holes they so love. Nor are they the cords Boy Scouts rig to zip across canyons and streams. Climbing ropes, though they look much like the average nylon rope, have crucial distinctions....01-Oct-2016
You have a good rope, but how do you fasten it to yourself? With a climbing harness....30-Sep-2016
Carabiners and Quickdraws29-Sep-2016
Get the rundown on different types of carabiners, slings, runners and quickdraws....29-Sep-2016
Belay and Rappel Devices28-Sep-2016
A belay/rappel device is a metal clamp that cinches on the rope. This braking action lets hold a fellow climber on rope tension, or rappel. Rappel/belay devices are as plentiful in design as fishing lures....28-Sep-2016
Nuts and Cams27-Sep-2016
On sport climbs you clip bolts that have been drilled into the rock, but on crack climbs and numerous other traditional or gear routes you’ll need a rack of nuts and cams to fix in cracks and other features, protecting yourself as you climb....27-Sep-2016
Bouldering may be the most free discipline in climbing—all that’s required are shoes, a daub of chalk and a brush for sweeping grime and chalk off the grips....27-Sep-2016
Helmets and Chalk26-Sep-2016
Round out your climbing kit with a helmet, chalk bag and chalk....26-Sep-2016
Climbing is a purist’s pursuit. Just you and the wall. Mostly. To help us get up the climb we do need shoes and, arguably, chalk. Oh, and to protect ourselves from an unforgiving impact, we use ropes, protection, carabiners, harnesses, belay devices, and a litany of gizmos.
OK we take back the “pure” part, but the help gear offers is indirect. Climbing is still just you and the climb. We go up by pulling and stepping on the holds. Gear is our safety net, a crucial link in the chain that con- nects you to rock. Here’s what you need, and how to choose it.